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White-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys)

We are supporting Flora and Fauna International Vietnam to protect the natural habitat of the northern White-Cheeked Gibbon, and many other species in the Pu Mat National Park.

The northern White-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) is Critically Endangered with few remaining viable populations. It is functionally extinct in China while populations in Vietnam and Lao PDR are severely depleted. In contrast, Australasian zoo holdings are significant with a total of 19 animals. This project aims to put conservation interventions into place for two Indochinese endemic gibbons in Pu Mat National Park, Vietnam. This park is one of Vietnam’s largest at 91,113 ha, and holds approximately 130 groups of gibbon, making it a global stronghold for the taxon. We will improve conservation of the white-cheeked gibbon and the Saola through improved enforcement and protection of key areas in Pu Mat NP. We will assess enforcement performance of the park and provide technical support to implement SMART enforcement approaches, allowing for adaptive management. We will engage local communities living in the bufferzone of the protected area to engage in forest protection activities including forest patrols and snare removal, further supported through environmental education in key villages. We expect that a long-term investment in Pu Mat NP will yield population stability and rebound for these taxa. FFI Vietnam has 15 years experience implementing similar projects.

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